My experience on Veale Road began in 1992 as an incoming fourth-grade student. Nervous, as I was starting a new journey, but also quickly discovering what a special experience I was about to have at the Academy. I recall a place that provided academic rigor, structure, and accountability and was built on the core values of heart, mind, hope, zeal, and family. 

It’s been thirty years since I first began my journey as a student. I now return to a school that has changed as much as any place would have over that period of time. However, the mission of St. Edmond’s remains the same, rooted in the teachings and charism of the Brothers of Holy Cross. The school’s mission embraces many wonderful values, but I want to focus this letter specifically  on family. 

Being family is what I learned during my years at the Academy and during the most formative years of my childhood. The family was not limited to my family at home but the relationships I built during those five years. My classmates, my teachers and the Brothers were my family. The Brothers made it possible for my brother and me to attend and thrive within the community. Embraced by a culture of developing the whole person spiritually, socially, and emotionally in a community that was literally built for boys and their families.

I am so grateful to have been able to return to SEA along with a fellow classmate- Dr. Michael C. Reichert ‘98 whom I’ve appointed to the role of Principal. A Legacy student, Dr. Reichert attended the Academy from 1993-1998. While completing a Masters of Education at the University of Pennsylvania, Michael returned to Veale Road for his first faculty role in 2006. From the very beginning, Michael made connections with students and staff. While coaching and teaching Social Studies or middle school mathematics, Michael completed an Educational Leadership Doctoral program at the University of Delaware – concentration on Curriculum, Technology and Instruction. Dr. Reichert holds the exciting distinction of only having ever worked at ‘All-Boys’ Schools. Most Recently, Dr. Reichert held the role of Associate Dean of Academics at Salesianum School.

In 1959 and with very humble beginnings, four Brothers opened the doors to the original St. Edmond’s Academy on Delaware Avenue. Sixty-three years later and with St. André Bessette’s simple humility at the core of our mission, we dedicate ourselves to the education of our young boys on a magnificent 24-acre campus. Come visit our school. Come meet our students. Come tell us your story and we will tell you ours.

Domenic J. Maiorano ’97

Head of School